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Let’s Talk About Universal Expanded Learning Programs
October 18, 2021

Opportunity Ahead

The ELO-P funding is an exciting opportunity – moving California closer to offering Universal Expanded Learning Programs! However, we know our field and the broader educational systems are faced with many challenges daily and it can be hard to navigate the waters of all that is happening! We wanted to provide a couple of quick resources to help support Expanded Learning programs as they work with their district partners. 

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Follow Up Interview with Santa Ana USD re ELO-P
Fireside Chat: October 15, 2021

Follow Up Interview with Santa Ana USD re ELO-P

Join us for our 35th fireside chat. In this follow up chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk from the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education and Santa Ana Unified School District as they share about the new Expanded Learning Opportunities – Program (ELO-P) and how they are leveraging this exciting opportunity and funding to support students in their district in truly innovative and integrated ways.

SAUSD attendees include:

  • Diana Torres, Director of Elementary Education
  • David Richey, Executive Director of Support Services
  • Jennifer Cisneros, Director of Extended Learning

For more details on the SAUSD Planning Process check out Fireside Chat #34.

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STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating Girls in STEM!
October 21, 2021

Scientist in lab

This October we are celebrating girls and women in STEAM! “Let’s reimagine who can be an engineer; who can build; who can make. Let’s reimagine the future,” is the mission of the Million Girls Moonshot (MGM). As we celebrate the women in this field, it’s a perfect opportunity to explore MGM’s four transformative practices: 

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Opportunity to attend STEAM Symposium for FREE!
Deadline is October 14, 2021

Opportunity to attend STEAM Symposium for FREE!

The #CASTEAM Symposium is in a few weeks and we have exciting news to share! Thanks to a very generous STEAM benefactor, the CA STEAM Symposium is able to provide scholarships to participate in the 2021 virtual California STEAM Symposium! This will be a great Professional Development opportunity not only on some really great STEAM content but there will also be opportunities to learn more about the new Expanded Learning opportunities!

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CAN Newsletter – Happy Autumn!
October 13, 2021

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As we say goodbye to summer and start to transition into winter, we welcome the Fall Season. The leaves begin to change color, the weather gets a bit colder and the sun sets earlier in the day. October also marks National Disability Employment Awareness and National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month

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21st CCLC Reader Recruitment
Deadline to Apply is October 1, 2021

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) and After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Programs Reader Recruitment

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Fiscal Year 2022-23 Grant Reviewer Application

Reviewer Application (PDF)

Background and Purpose

The Nita M. Lowey’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program, authorized under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), received its first appropriation in 1994. The 21st CCLC program funding supports the development of community learning centers established by eligible entities with the assistance of community partners. In 2015, the ESEA was reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). More information about ESSA can be found on the U.S. Department of Education ESSA page. This new legislation expands state and local accountability for student academic achievement as well as overall success and emphasizes the importance of adopting research or evidence-based practices.

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CA Celebrates the 2021 Lights On Afterschool!
October 28, 2021

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Join CAN and thousands of communities in celebrating and rallying for afterschool programs as the Afterschool Alliance organizes the 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool!

This special edition newsletter will connect our CA Expanded Learning and OST programs and partners with resources, events, and tips to plan Lights On Afterschool (LOA) Events. Be sure to check our Lights On Afterschool webpage for weekly updates until October 28th!

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Expanded Learning Rate Increases for FY 21-22

CDE LogoIn June, Governor Newsom approved the state budget allocating additional dollars to the After School Education and Safety (ASES), 21st Century Community Learning Centers Elementary/Middle (21st CCLC), and the 21st CCLC High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) program grants, for a rate increase effective July 1, 2021. 

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We’re Hiring A Program Specialist!
Join the CAN Team!

Join Our Team! We are hiring a Program Specialist. Learn more and apply now!

CAN is excited to announce we are hiring a Program Specialist to join the CAN team!

The Program Specialist will be a part of our Equity and Quality team, but will help support the work of the entire organization. In many ways, the CAN team operates like a small startup where every day is an adventure!

For this role, we are looking for someone with the following qualities:

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Interview with Santa Ana USD and Their ELO – Program Planning Process
Fireside Chat: August 31, 2021

 Interview with Santa Ana USD and Their ELO – Program Planning Process

Join us for our 34th fireside chat. In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk from the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education and Lupita Cruz, Jennifer Cisneros, and Emily Wolk from Santa Ana Unified School District as they share how they have engaged in an intentional planning process around the new Expanded Learning Opportunities Program.

Resource: Santa Ana USD Planning Folder & Resources

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2021 Expanded Learning Opportunities STEAM Back-To-School Pre-Conference
Register Today!

STEAM Back to School Pre Conference FlyerWednesday, September 1, 2021, 3:00 PM- 6:30 PM PST

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CAN, in partnership with the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division and the California STEAM Symposium co-hosts, is excited to announce the virtual 2021 Expanding Learning Opportunities with STEAM Back-To-School Pre-Conference. 

This exciting partnership builds on our community belief STEAM learning happens everywhere and at any time of the day. The event will explore opportunities for collaboration between community-based organizations and the TK-16 system. CAN and partners are excited to support our education community as we all strategically plan to use the monumental education budgets focused on early education, social-emotional learning, teacher pipeline, and Expanded Learning. Participants will also learn more about the new Expanded Learning Opportunities Program established in July 2021 by AB 130.

The current registration for both events is only $185! 

  • Individual event rates start at $75 for the Pre-Conference, and
  • $145 for the California STEAM Symposium.

Access Pre-Conference Registration and Details!

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2021 Expanding Learning Opportunities with STEAM Back-To-School Pre-Conference
Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 3:00 PM- 6:30 PM PST

Presented by Chevron

Flyer for CA STEAM Symposium and Back-to-School Pre-ConferenceCAN, in partnership with the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division and the California STEAM Symposium co-hosts, is excited to announce the virtual 2021 Expanding Learning Opportunities with STEAM Back-To-School Pre-Conference. 

This exciting partnership builds on our community belief STEAM learning happens everywhere and at any time of the day. The event will explore opportunities for collaboration between community-based organizations and the TK-16 system. CAN and partners are excited to support our education community as we all strategically plan to use the monumental education budgets focused on early education, social-emotional learning, teacher pipeline, and Expanded Learning. Participants will also learn more about the new Expanded Learning Opportunities Program established in July 2021 by AB 130.

The current registration for both events is only $185! 

  • Individual event rates start at $75 for the Pre-Conference, and
  • $145 for the California STEAM Symposium.

Access Pre-Conference Registration and Details!

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STEAM Newsletter – Environmental Literacy and Revving up for Fall
August 17, 2021

Girl in Garden

As schools and OST programs return and welcome students, educators, families, and communities to the 2021-2022 school year, we recognize the unique times we continue to work through. While we continue to experience the COVID pandemic and its layers of challenges, unfortunately, regions of Northern California are also currently experiencing destructive wildfires. These fires are damaging homes, schools, communities, and ultimately impacting the environment. Our hearts, thoughts, and support are extended to our OST family and communities affected by these fires.

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FAQ’s Released for the New Expanded Learning Opportunities Program
Fireside Chat: August 12, 2021

FAQ’s Released for the New Expanded Learning Opportunities Program

Join us for our 33rd fireside chat. In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk from the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education as they discuss the first round of FAQ’s for the new ELO-P and provide additional context for what these FAQs mean for new and existing programs.

Reference: CDE Expanded Learning Opportunities Program FAQs​